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state of the art gallery |
corné eksteen
7 January 2019 | Cape Town | South Africa

NEXUS | A SOLO EXHIBITION BY CORNé EKSTEEN

We are thrilled to announce dates and details of Eksteen's next solo exhibition "Nexus." This exciting show featuring never before seen works will open on March 7th at State of the Art Gallery, 50 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. The exhibition will run until 23 March 2019. More details to be announced shortly.

artist statement


Nexus (Origin: Latin, meaning: "a binding together")

In contemporary culture the term "Nexus" is often used as a suggestion to indicate links or associations between groups, objects or abstract concepts. It is also used to indicate a central point between these often, opposing objects or ideas. The visualisation of this central point of intersection, where a balance, a focal point or in its most rudimental form: symmetry is reached forms the visual basis for this body of work.

The concept of symmetry is deeply engrained in the human psyche, from our physical form where it dictates who we find attractive and beautiful, through to how we design our spaces, clothing and cultural artefacts. This universal understanding of symmetry is used as a means to explore identity and create emotional "landscapes."

Through the creation of double and multiple portraits of sitters occupying a singular space - an added layer of symmetry is utilised to evoke an amplified emotional connection with or response to the image. This visual tactic mimics methods used in the Rorschach test, a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analysed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning.

Collectively these works explore links between the sitter, the artist and finally the viewer in search of the nexus of their combined experience.

Get more info here: State of the Art Gallery

Nexus Promo Flyer

Nexus Promo Flyer

nexus | sota

In the studio video by State of the Art Gallery in preparation for the "NEXUS" exhibition - March 2019.

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hermanus first fridays artwalk |
rossouw modern |
corné eksteen
1 December 2018 | Hermanus, South Africa

Night of a Thousand Drawings, the charity event hosted by the nineteen First Fridays Artwalk galleries will take place on December 7th. Each gallery will be selling a huge range of A5 size artworks; some donated by professional artists and some by amateurs, the artworks will be priced at R100 each and all the proceeds will be donated to charity. In previous years, three local charities were chosen to be recipients of the funds but this year the galleries were inundated with requests and so the decision was made to increase the number of beneficiaries to five. It is hoped that last year's total figure, which was in excess of R80 000, will be surpassed so that each charity will receive a substantial donation. The five selected charities are:

  • The Hermanus Visual Art and Design Centre. This organisation provides art and design classes for children from across the Overberg - many of whom cannot afford even the most basic art equipment and supplies.
  • The Overstrand Whale Boxing Club. The OWBC was established in order to take children off the streets, teach them discipline and give them a sense of belonging and pride. There are currently 40 children in the club; this year Sipamandla, a 16 year old, won SA national champion.
  • The Overberg Crane Group. This NGO works across the Overberg and has had a hugely positive impact on our population of Blue Cranes; saving injured and diseased birds, forging relationships with landowners and providing a valuable rescue, treatment, and release service to secure the future of this iconic bird.
  • The Hawston Cadet Group. More than 50 children from Hawston, ranging in age from 8 to 13, belong to the Cadet Group. The aim of the organization is to give children a positive and safe environment, to provide them with leadership skills and through music and marching, to teach them the value of team work.
  • The Hermanus Art and History Project. Based on the Keiskamma Art Project in the Eastern Cape, this endeavour seeks to create skills and develop potential earning power for previously untrained people through the teaching of art, embroidery and sewing.


If the galleries are to reach their target, they will need the assistance and generosity of the Hermanus community. Between now and early December, anyone with artistic skills is asked to paint, draw, sketch or scribble. Night of a Thousand Drawings will kick off at 5pm on December 7th when hundreds of First Fridays artwalkers will throng the galleries, searching for beautiful artworks to purchase and in so doing, changing lives for the better.

10 Works by Corne Eksteen will be available from Rossouw Modern as part of this event.

Get info here: Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk

Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk
Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk

press release
the travelling art gallery |
corné eksteen
25 November 2018 | Hildesheim, Germany

IN DECEMBER 2018 THE TRAVELLING ART GALLERY TRAVELS AGAIN TO GERMANY

Following the sensational feedback in June 2018 we are coming once again to Hildesheim.
From 01.-30.12.2018 we will be at the Ostertorpassage with new artworks and some new artists!
From 01.-09.12. the spokesperson of the artists' initiative, Barbara Lenhard, will be on site. She knows all the artists personally, works with most for several years and is happy to consult you.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Opening hours 01.-09.12.2018: daily 10:00 -17:30, sundays 11:00 -15:00 10.-30.12. 2018: according to the opening hours of the Ostertorpassage

Get more info here: The Travelling Art Gallery
Photo courtesy of The Travelling Art Gallery

The Travelling Art Gallery
The Travelling Art Gallery

magazine feature
dossier magazine |
corné eksteen
15 November 2018 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Catch an interview and feature on Corné's work in the December 2018 issue of glossy South African lifestyle magazine "Dossier"

Get your copy here: Dossier Magazine

Dossier magazine feature

press materials
eclectica design and art |
corné eksteen | art times
5 June 2018 | Cape Town, South Africa

An artwork by Corné Eksteen, Ghost in the machine I (View artwork details) has been featured in ART TIMES (June Edition 2018) as part of promotional materials for Eclectica Design and Art's New Dawn exhibition. New Dawn runs at Eclectica Design an Art, 179 Buitengracht Street, Gardens, Cape Town from 7 June to 23 August 2018.

Participating artists: Morgan Kunhardt, Anthony Lane, Georgia Lane, Corné Eksteen, Qhama Maswana, Ley Mboramwe, Hussein Salim, Loyiso Mkize

View the exhibition catalogue: Eclectica Design and Art's New Dawn Catalogue

Eclectica design and art's New Dawn exhibition

media feature

Work by Corné Eksteen featured on Leinebergland TV's vor Ort in Hildesheim, Germany as part of an promotional interview with TTAG2018 / The Travelling Art Gallery & RASSELMANIA

Visit the TTAG Website

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rossouw modern | corné eksteen
31 May 2018 | Hermanus, South Africa

Ces't la Vie is a group exhibition during the Fynarts Festival in Hermanus. Curated by Jozua Rossouw, the show compromises of invited artists and select artists and sculptors of the Rossouw Modern permanent stable. This year the works will be presented in two parts, extending from Rossouw Modern SPACE into the Rossouw Modern flagship gallery in Harbour Road, with some exciting works from Jozua's private collection included.

Participating artists: Adriaan S de Lange, Alex Hamilton, Andrew Barlow, Anton Smit, Ayanda Mabulu, Arabella Caccia, Beezy Bailey, Corne Eksteen, Gordon Froud, Hugo Maritz, Jono Dry, JP Meyer, Krisjan Rossouw, Obert Jongwe, Paula van Coller-Louw, Pieter van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe, Ruan Huisamen and Willie Bester

The galleries will be open every day from 9am - 5pm from 8 - 17 June and the opening will be Saturday at 1.30pm at Rossouw Modern SPACE. Drinks and canapes will be served.

View the exhibition catalogue on the Rossouw Modern Website

Rossouw Modern's Ces't la vie exhibition

media feature

Opening of the first of three TTAG2018 exhibitions in Germany featuring works by Corné Eksteen

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eclectica design & art | corné eksteen
22 May 2018 | Cape Town, South Africa

Eclectica Design and Art is excited to present a new exhibition titled New Dawn. Participating artists include:

Qhama Maswana, Georgia Lane, Corné Eksteen, Hussein Salim, Morgan Kunhardt, Ley Mboramwe & Anthony Lane

The optimism rippling through the country has vibrated through the various spheres of our society. As with any change or shift within a country and society, the role of reflecting and re-imagining has often fallen to artists to reflect and interpret the signs of our times. In what has been understood as the beginning of a 'new era' within South Africa, with a new president and a new direction for the ruling party, the exploration of these interactions forms the basis for a new exhibition at Eclectica Design and Art.

For the mid-year exhibition at Eclectica Design and Art, each of the artists presented explore and articulate various understandings and interpretations in order to reflect back on and interrogate today's workings. Questioning the state of our environments, what 'new' means and how it really manifests, thinking around identity and lived experience beyond complicities and complexities by creating, making and imagining. In doing so , each artist presents works that can bounce off and around the gallery space, both in relation to each other and individually.

Affirming the notion that South Africa is made up of diverse people with diverse perceptions and conceptions , Eclectica Design and Art presents an exhibition that opens the doors to discourse and interaction.

The exhibition opens on 7 June 2018 from 5:30pm - 9pm

New Dawn will run until 23 August 2018.

For more information and to RSVP to the opening go HERE
Eclectica Design and Art Website

Eclectica Design and Art's New Dawn

media feature

promotional video for upcoming pop-up exhibitions featuring works by corné eksteen in 3 major german cities during june and july 2018.

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press release
boschendal wines | community gallery | corné eksteen
10 May 2018 | Durban, South Africa

You are cordially invited to Come Wine With Us & Boschendal Wines - "The Art of Pairing" evening.

Be inspired and look forward to an evening of fine "pairings" of premium Boschendal wines with amazing food from Fish and Wine and special hand selected premium art pieces from Community Gallery.

Each guest will get the chance to enjoy a welcome glass of MCC as well as a three course "food art" meal inspired and enjoyed with Boschendal wines.

Eksteen's artwork "The dawn reassembled" will go on show for the first time during these events on Wednesday 13 June & Thursday 14 June 2018. The piece will be paired with Boschendal's Merlot.

For more information and to book your ticketes go HERE
Learn more about Community Gallery HERE

Artists Profile - Boschendal Art of Pairing

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